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    Mac imaging

    We've got a suite of Macs which were installed and configured by Jigsaw. Following succesful use of these machine the school has bought a cabinet of 20 Macbooks. The problem is I'm having trouble imaging the new Macbook which is now configured exactly as I want it.
    Our current suite is configured to netboot into Deploy Studio where the machine can be re-imaged or have the image create from it. This works perfectly fine however after connecting a new Macbook to the network and attempting to do the same the netboot does not work.
    Server logs show the BSDP DISCOVER is recieved and a BSDP Offer is sent but the Macbook resets and boots locally

    Any thoughts on what I'm doing wrong?

    EDIT: I've just noticed that the Macbook is actually restarting at the point it should be performing the netboot. I tested the Doply Studio netboot as working correctly by connecting my Macbook Pro to the network and performing a netboot.
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    Hey did you get anywhere with this?

    I am currently testing Deploy Studio before I role it out....however I am having loads of problems with speed issues. The max data rate is about 10mb/s

    Any thoughts would be great

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    In the end I completely removed Deploy Studio, the repository, the new and old .nbi files & the related user account used for access. I then recreated the deploy studio setup from scratch which now works perfectly fine. The problem was most likely something trivial but as I didn't originally create this setup I was finding troubleshooting somewhat tough.

    As far as speed issues go I've not encountered anything of the sort. I can push an image out to the room of 30 machines within an hour and a half (although its relatively small).

    Are you using the latest version of Deploy Studio? I noticed a significant improvement in speed when using v1.0rc12

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    The actual deploy speed is fine, its the image creation that takes ages....

    about 2 to 3 hours to pull the image to the server!

    Thanks for info, going to try the latest nightly build

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    2 - 3 hours sounds about right from my experience. This time includes not only the copy of the image to the server but also the conversion of this image in preparation for use in deploy studio.

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    yeah I just found that the speed was the same even with the nightly build.

    This is strange as Norton Ghost on a PC, can pull an image in under half hour in some cases!

    Thought it might be the network settings as like I say the network speed is only showing about 10mb/s max, but the server shows it is connected at 100mb/s

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